We've rounded up some of the top food festivals happening between this weekend and when it's time to think about trimming the Thanksgiving turkey. And just because it's State Fair season doesn't mean it's all fried food, funnel cakes and corn dogs. There will be barbecue, baklava, bratwursts and more. Plus, there's a new chili festival being held when it might be chilly enough to enjoy the warmth of a big bowl of red. Find more food events here. Want even more festivals? Head here.
More than 30 chefs and 40 wineries, plus mixologists and brewers, will be part of the festival's Grand Taste on Oct. 22 at Klyde Warren Park. Participants include local chefs Nilton Borges Jr., John Tesar and Kent Rathbun. A second event, Oct. 21's Texas chef showcase called Down to the Roots, has already sold out. The Grand Taste is Oct. 22 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas. Admission is $75 per person for ages 21 and older. parkandpalate.org.
This celebration of vegetarian cuisine features food for sale from restaurants, food trucks and other purveyors. There will also be chef demonstrations, speakers, a children's area, live music, yoga, games and a beer garden. Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free; food prices vary. Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave., Dallas. texasveggiefair.com.
The signature Texas food meets kosher dietary standards in this second annual competition with celebrity judges Richard Chamberlain (Chamberlain's Steak and Chop House) and Jody Dean from KLUV 98.7 FM. There'll also be music from Dallas band Counterfeit Radio. Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sunnyland Furniture, 7879 Spring Valley Road, Dallas. Admission and parking are free; food prices vary. dallaskosherbbq.com.
For the Granada Theater's new fall festival, local chefs will compete in a chili cook-off in the theater's back parking lot. Taste the competing dishes from Blind Butcher's Oliver Sitrin, Cafe Momentum's Patton Robertson, Troy Gardner of V-Eats Modern Vegan and Jason West of Sundown at Granada. And of course the Granada will have a spicy musical lineup including Charlie Robison, Cody Canada and the Departed, the Vandoliers and others. Nov. 6 from noon to 8 p.m. at 3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas. $15 for general admission, $58 for VIP; children 10 and younger will be admitted free with a paid adult. texaschilifestival.com.
More than 30 teams of barbecue specialists will take over Kidd Springs Park for this two-day festival hosted by Go Oak Cliff. The action begins Nov. 11 when grill masters light their fires. Spectators are welcome, and there will be food and drink for sale and live music. Taste the resulting 'cue Nov. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. with the purchase of a wristband for $20, which also includes the chance to vote for a favorite. Nov. 11 from 5 to 10 p.m., Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kidd Springs Park, 700 W. Canty St., Dallas. Free admission. bluesbanditsandbbq.org.
Tiney Ricciardi and Sara Frederick Burgos contributed to this report.